early 19th century: from Maori.
Any of a number of tropical trees and shrubs yielding bast that is used to make cordage.
- Several species, especially of the genus Hibiscus (family Malvaceae), in particular the widespread H. tiliaceus and the Caribbean H. elatus
- The blue mahoe (Hibiscus elatus) could have been brought to Jamaica from Cuba by the Arawaks to be used for bark rope (Adams 1971).
from Arawak maho.